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Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen [Format Kindle]

Mark Blake

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Revue de presse

'Richly detailed biography...draws on extensive interviews' - Daily Telegraph

'Mark Blake matches the detail of his Pink Floyd book with a fluid, muscular narration of the band's rise. Crucially, he interviews the key players (which the other biographies don't.)' - Classic Rock magazine

'Presents the whole, splendid saga...sparkling anecdotes throughout.' - Mojo

'Genuinely adds to the fund of knowledge about this truly unique band.' - Record Collector

'Includes a highly interesting section on their origins...a well-researched account...A good choice for both Queen experts and more lightweight fans.' - Sunday Business Post

Présentation de l'éditeur

Queen's success in the 1970s was accompanied by a taste for musical and non-musical excess. Is This the Real Life? draws on eyewitness testimonies--former producers and managers, ex-girlfriends and boyfriends--to create a complete picture of one of the world's most ambitiously driven rock bands at work and at play. Revealing Queen's complex dynamic, Blake also explores how Freddie Mercury's sexuality alienated some of the band's fan base, how they reinvented themselves by morphing from hard rock to pop, and how they saw out their final years as Mercury became one of the most successful rock stars in the world.

Is This the Real Life? looks beyond Queen's public persona to shed light on the legendary band's four wildly divergent personalities, particularly lead singer Freddie Mercury's.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2784 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 444 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1845135970
  • Editeur : Da Capo Press; Édition : First Trade Paper Edition (22 mars 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004P1JE1Q
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Poorly written, not much new, obsessed with Freddie's sexuality, not the music 14 mai 2011
Par Floyd Turbo - Publié sur
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The book has a lot of flaws, not much new, is poorly researched, and is far more about Freddie Mercury's sexuality than the group itself, or its music.
It seems clear from reading the book and the acknowledgments that the author gathered a ton of quotes from interviews and other sources over the years and used that to write the book. Unfortunately, he didn't go much beyond the quotes to find any detail and will toss off things that should be explored but aren't. The result is a choppy novel with virtually no narrative or details. Let me give you some examples. He mentions that John and Roger were going through extreme emotional problems during The Miracle and then says nothing about what those problems were. Other lines tossed off - Roger being arrested, Freddie's friendships with Elton John and Rod Stewart and how they all gave themselves female names, and John running the business side of the group. The author also tosses out general statements about how tough Queen was to work with and how they would sit in on record company marketing meetings but that's it. There are no statements or stories to follow up and tell you what went on in the meetings or what they did to get that reputation. Brian's "Star Fleet" record is described by merely using the liner notes! How about checking with the others on the record to give us some detail? Or interviewing Brian about it? Nope, that would involve work and since there aren't many existing quotes about it, it gets pushed aside like so much about Queen. There are some new interviews with Freddie's classmates and Billy Squier, but they don't add much.
The only thing he does seem to want to provide detail about is Freddie's sexuality and way too much of the book is concerned with when people knew that Freddie was gay. Those statements are always followed up and the author goes to great and insupportable lengths to bring Freddie's sexuality into his lyrics. There's probably more in the book about when Freddie's India classmates found out Freddie was gay than there is about John Deacon in total. Freddie's affairs with different men are detailed but John and Brian's affairs get a couple of lines, if that much.
In addition, it's obvious that the author doesn't like Queen's music and holds the band in slight contempt. I don't want it to be a fan book like "As It Began," but the author's dislike means that he gives short shrift to songs and albums he doesn't like. About two-thirds of the songs are given one line about how bad they were and that's it. The author doesn't like Jazz (which he states, I'm not just inferring this) and so that album is barely mentioned. In fact, there's more written about the party to celebrate Jazz than there is about the actual album. I'd like to hear more about the songs and their creation, not have them dismissed because the author didn't like them. You can learn more about how the band worked by watching five minutes of "A Making of A Night at the Opera" than this entire book. The lone mention of how the band created music together is pathetic because all the author did was watch the often-shown footage of the making of "One Vision" and transcribe it.
There are a couple of new stories but nothing that would make a Queen fan buy the book. I had high hopes for this book and hoped to hear some new stories and insight but left disappointed and feeling ripped off. You can learn far more from reading Brian May's soapbox on his website than this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Worth the purchase 5 avril 2011
Par Victoria - Publié sur
To say I am a Queen fan is a gross understatment so I am surprised and pleased to say that this book does offer some things that even I never knew before. Mostly they are quotes Freddie said or funny things that happened in the studio. The author makes use of just about every interview and article ever published on his subject and because of that the books reads a little like a very long magazine article, which is not a bad thing. There is alot of direct quoting going on here so if your like me and have seen or read pretty much anything to do with Queen or Freddie you probably are going to recognize quite a few things in here.

All in all I think it was worth it. I would say its better for someone who is not very familiar with what went on behind the scenes of one of the greatest bands of all time.

As a side note I don't really like the cover artwork but thats just me.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not so hot 30 avril 2011
Par cinders2012 - Publié sur
This book is rife with typos, punctuation errors, etc. Somebody did the spell check but didn't proofread it.

That said, there are anecdotes and band history that I had never read before. I guess as a Queen fan, I still want to read more about their musical virtuosity though. When you view the concert DVDs you see the great chemistry they had, so I think more upbeat anecdotes would have made this a better read. Some of it is clearly cobbled together from interviews on their DVDs. Seemed thrown together. Wait for it in paperback.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 waste of time and money… 13 janvier 2013
Par triknite - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
...disrespectful, mocking at best toward all 4 members of queen and downright degrading of Freddie. Blake couldn't even muster the decency to show some humanity when telling of the awesome strength and bravery Freddie displayed in the last year of his life. This guy even finds ways to negatively pick at Queen's triumphant Live Aid performance and make asinine jabs at all the stars who showed up at the concert 6 months after his death to honor Mercury and raise money for AIDS research-- and ones who didn't. There are so many reasons why this is not the book to buy or borrow but i will wrap up with this: Blake has a lot of trouble telling Queen's story without piling on his mostly hateful opinions. He doesn't even bother with reporting the correct date of Freddie's death but oh who cares? Obviously not Mark Blake. One thing he does care about though is that we need to forget about the whole Freddie Mercury nonsense. Blake refers to him as Fred Bulsara over and over and over through the whole book. Why?? If Blake's subject was David Bowie, Elton John, Sid Vicious, Lady Ga Ga would he be compelled to repeat his/her 'real name' ad nauseam? Something about Freddie (and Brian, Roger and John) rubbed Blake the wrong way. Mercury would have been amused!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Story, so to speak, Remains Untold 20 juillet 2011
Par Tom - Publié sur
Blake does an incredible job of compiling the details surrounding the story of Queen from each of its members' earliest days through the post-Freddie years. I would dare say, there's not a single bit of minutiae surrounding any of the four musician's lives.....or seemingly anyone with whom any of them had any contact over the years.....which is not touched upon here. And that, precisely, is the problem. Blake fails to establish a narrative thread. He compiles the facts but doesn't make sense of them in any way. Having finished all four hundred pages, I can draw a few conclusions about the musical and personal legacy of Freddie, Brian, Roger and John, but it's generally muddled up within a mish-mosh of secondary (and tertiary) characters whom I care nothing about (and don't see any reason why I should). More to the point, what I expected--and this book didn't deliver--was a coherent story. The whole point of a biography is to present a history in some context that adds up to more than the sum of its parts. This book absolutely doesn't do that. Judging from the many, many technical errors (yes, I mean spelling, punctuation, basic grammar and such) I have to conclude that this book was rushed to production. It reads as if there was no editor at all. If you're a Queen/Freddie Mercury fan, which I certainly am, you'll enjoy sections of this book, which I certainly did. But be prepared to wade through a lot of passages which will try your patience. And in the end, what's missing--ironically--is drama.
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